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Friday morning links: Minnesota routs Phoenix, Mike Thibault's homecoming, and Epiphanny Prince's injury

Links about a big performance for the Minnesota Lynx last night, previewing tonight's games, and Epiphanny Prince's injury.

  • Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune highlighted the Minnesota Lynx's efficient creativity against the Phoenix Mercury, noting that they tied a franchise record 30 assists on 36 made field goals while only turning the ball over 6 times. From an adjusted synergy standpoint, that's an astounding rating of 0.88. That's an amazing performance. Read more >>>
  • Phil Ervin of FSN North mentioned another important statistic to the Lynx's win: their 17 offensive rebounds (via official box score) that dwarfed the Mercury's 4. For those of you into percentages, that's an offensive rebounding rate of 39.53% to just 14.29% for the Mercury. RRead more >>>
  • Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune focused on the career night that Lynx forward Amber Harris had individually, scoring a career-high 18 points with six rebounds, three assists (to zero turnovers) and three blocks. If she wants to make a case for the Most Improved Player award, that wasn't a bad start. Read more >>>
  • Youngblood's notes also held an interesting nugget for Mercury fans: "Things appear to be getting pretty tense with the Mercury, who had a 40-plus-minute post-game meeting before meeting the press. I guess 0-3 doesn't fly when you start the season with such high expectations." Read more >>>
  • John Altavilla of The Hartford Courant previewed tonight's game between the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics by focusing on the return of former coach Mike Thibault to Mohegan Sun Arena. Sun guard Kalana Greene says new coach Anne Donovan has "more of a laid-back personality". Read more >>>
  • The Tulsa World reported yesterday that Courtney Paris will rejoin the Tulsa Shock with Liz Cambage, Tiffany Jackson-Jones and Riquna Williams all out due to injury bringing the number of players available down to eight. When the Shock initially cut their roster down to 11, Paris was a player that some of us wondered about as they seemed to be thin at the center position. The Shock face the Seattle Storm tonight. Read more >>>
  • Doug Feinberg of the AP reported that Epiphanny Prince will be returning to Chicago for evaluation after spraining her right ankle while playing for the Russian national team yesterday. LoveWomensBasketball had the video of the incident up first. The Chicago Sky released a statement that said, "Further medical evaluation is necessary to determine the severity of the injury." Read more >>>
  • Monte Hale Jr. of The Daily News Journal reported that new Middle Tennessee State University assistant coach and Seattle Storm forward Alysha Clark has always thought about one day. Clark, who once told Swish Appeal about the pride she takes in being a role model in an interview after the 2010 WNBA draft, described how her experience having been there could be an asset when it comes to recruiting. Read more >>>
  • The WNBA has announced that they and ESPN will be experimenting with "Ref Cam" on ABC for Saturday's nationally televised game between the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury. May we all have more sympathy for the refs once we can literally see things from their point of view. Read more >>>
  • The Indiana Fever announced the signing of veteran guard Erin Thorn with Jessica Davenport, Katie Douglas, Erin Phillips, and Jeanette Pohlen currently dealing with injuries. Read more >>>

As usual, feel free to drop other links you found worth reading in the comments along with all of your other insights.